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DDB Promotes 2 Executives

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DDB Needham Dallas promoted Dale Travis to a newly created media director post and appointed new business head Phil Jacobs a managing partner.
Travis, who has logged nearly five years at DDB, previously was one of three group media directors. In his new position, he will oversee all media operations at the $171 million agency.
Jacobs, recruited in March 1996 from Valentine Radford in Kansas City, joins four other managing partners: Doug Walker, Margaret Bonner, Janet Bustin and Ruth Parr. The five-person team works in conjunction with chief executive and president Jake Schroepfer and vice chairman and chief creative officer Jim Ferguson to evaluate agency strategy, direction and policy.
Schroepfer said the promotions reflect the roles that Travis and Jacobs have played in the growth of the agency, which witnessed a 24 percent revenue gain in 1997 while landing accounts from clients including Midway Home Entertainment and UtiliCorp United.
Travis logged six years at The Richards Group in Dallas before joining DDB. His 12-person department, which is responsible for media planning and print buying, works in tandem with DDB's Optimum Media in New York and Chicago and SpotPlus in Dallas to execute broadcast buys.
Jacobs, who retains his director of strategic development title, will continue heading new business activities. He played a pivotal role in DDB's acquisitions in 1997 and has also taken the account service lead on new client Level 3 Communications.